At least 31 dead in California wildfires, hundreds missing

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Most of the firefighters being reassigned have no idea what they'll be facing up north. They've been too busy with the Canyon Fire to pay attention to what's happening in other regions.

Alejandro Rodriguez had been evacuated from one tiny Sonoma Valley town, only to have deputies come to the neighborhood to where he had relocated and tell residents there to pack up and go. "There are people who have lost just about everything".

Carson says we got lucky.

"The devastation is enormous", he said.

The author of the measure - passed unanimously by both houses of the Legislature - now says the governor missed out on a chance to tackle one of his state's longstanding vulnerabilities: massive wildfires endangering residential communities. The young couple have identical triplet girls who will be 2 years old early next year.

But Brown said the bill was unnecessary.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said officials were still investigating hundreds of reports of missing people and that recovery teams would soon begin conducting "targeted searches" for specific residents at their last known addresses. That raises the statewide death total from 29 to 31.

The family especially needs grocery store gift cards.

Two hospitals in the county were forced to evacuate, while authorities imposed a sunset-to-sunrise curfew in the region, saying they were on the lookout for looters.

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The fires in Mendocino County have killed six people. The utility started along Highway 101 in Santa Rosa, in the heart of what would be torched months later.

Thousands of firefighters battled wind gusts in excess of 80 kilometres per hour as 14 wildfires - several out of control - in eight northern California counties burned through more than 23,000 hectares since the weekend, CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

Some remains have been identified using medical devices that turned up in the scorched heaps that were once homes. "But we don't want to miss a single update". "Well, I'm no historian, but I know a damn big fire when I see one".

He said crews from San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, Oregon and Nevada are on the fire lines.

"We are literally looking at explosive vegetation", Pimlott said.

He recalled hearing noise outside his home late Sunday, then peering out a window to see people rushing to cars.

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